The buttery goodness of Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) is irresistible. Try it and see how fast it disappears - it's quite addictive! This Christmas Cracker toffee recipe is so simple yet so delicious.
Toffee. One of our all-time favorite indulgences.
The buttery goodness and crunch are melt-in-your-mouth irresistible.
This Traditional Homemade Almond Roca used to be our go-to candy recipe, but we think we have found a new one! This Saltine Toffee is out of this world.
We see why it's often called Christmas Crack. It's highly addictive!
If you love Traditional Christmas Crack, you will also love Peanut Butter Christmas Crack and Cranberry Bliss Christmas Crack, or any of our yummy Christmas Treats!
What is Christmas crack?
Christmas Crack is a holiday tradition that takes ordinary Saltine Crackers (Soda Crackers), covers them in rich caramel, and transforms them into something extraordinary.
It's part brittle, part English Toffee, and incredibly delicious!
If you like traditional Christmas Crack, you'll also love Peanut Butter Christmas Crack and Valentine's Day Crack! If you love white chocolate, try Cranberry Bliss Saltine Toffee.
The hubby is the king of Traditional Toffee or Almond Roca. It's highly sought after. (He shared his top-secret recipe, so you might want to check it out!) He makes it every holiday for his family and co-workers.
This Saltine Cracker Toffee has a slight advance over Almond Roca. It's a little quicker to make than the traditional version, but the taste is phenomenal!
The ingredients for this cracker toffee are simple.
- 4 oz saltine crackers - about 40 crackers or one sleeve.
- 1 cup butter - 2 sticks of unsalted works best.
- 1 cup packed brown sugar - dark or light brown sugar.
- 2 cups chocolate morsels - milk chocolate, dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips works.
- ¾ cup chopped pecans - an optional topping
We like to use our jelly roll pan to make the recipe.
How to make Saltine Toffee Candy
Here are the step-by-step instructions for making this dessert with Saltines (Christmas Crack).
We recently added a video (see below), so you can see exactly how we make this fantastic dessert with saltines!
Step 1 - Layer Saltines
This recipe is so simple. In the first step, create one layer of saltine crackers on your pan (with edges) lined with parchment paper or a Silpat mat.
If using parchment, make sure your parchment paper extends past your crackers.
TIP: Don't forget to preheat your oven so it's ready for when the crackers need to be put in!
Step 2 - Make Toffee
Next, combine the sugar and butter in a medium saucepan, stir the butter and sugar together, and bring to a boil for 3 minutes. Let it cook undisturbed, but watch the mixture; it cooks quickly! (A teeny bit longer if at higher elevations.)
This step creates that yummy, buttery Toffee!
Step 3 - Place Toffee On Crackers
Immediately after it's done boiling, spread the hot Toffee on the saltines, evenly coating all the crackers. You can spread it with a spatula if needed.
Step 4 - Bake
Then, place in a 400-degree oven for 5-6 minutes. Once out of the oven, spread the dark chocolate or semi-sweet morsels on top. While spreading the chocolate, it will melt from the heat generated from the oven.
When it's slightly set, sprinkle the nuts over the top!
Cool quickly in the fridge or leave on the counter to cool slowly. Then, break or cut into pieces and enjoy!!
Tip: For the holidays, you can also top it with festive sprinkles.
Here are some ideas to package up your Saltine Toffee as a gift for your teachers!
Saltine toffee with dark or light chocolate
Dark chocolate seems to be more popular in our house currently, so that's how we usually make this recipe. Semi-sweet chocolate also works. So use what you prefer or have on hand.
You really can't go wrong.
Secrets to the best Christmas Crack
- Going the extra step of roasting the pecans is a nice touch and adds a richer flavor. This step doesn't have to be done if you're in a hurry or want to eat as soon as possible.
- Instead of the Saltines, you can use club crackers, soda crackers, or Ritz crackers.
- Semi-sweet, milk chocolate or dark chocolate morsels are good for this Saltine Toffee recipe.
- This stuff is so sticky; use parchment paper or your Silpat to assemble it. (Our Silpat mat is our go-to baking and treat making kitchen item!! You need one of these so your recipes and cookies turn out amazing!)
- To prevent any mishaps, make your parchment paper a little bigger than your assembled crackers. Also, make sure your crackers are placed tightly together.
- Make sure the butter and sugar are truly boiling before you start timing for 3 minutes.
- Because this recipe is made of mostly butter, using high-quality butter yields the perfect flavor.
- If you're at a higher elevation, you may need to cook your caramel a little longer.
During the holidays, you can try topping your Saltine Toffee Bark with:
- Crushed peppermint, candy canes, or festive sprinkles.
- Crushed pretzel pieces
- M&Ms or chopped Reese's Peanut Butter Cups
- Sea salt
If you're not a fan of nuts, you can leave them out and keep your chocolate as the topping.
More Sweet Treats
White Chocolate Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies - tart cranberries pair well with white chocolate.
Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies - two great flavors in one. Mint and chocolate!
Dark Chocolate Peppermint Bark - wow! Just wow! This candy bark is fantastic!
Easy Crock Pot Candy - chocolate peanut clusters that are perfect for cookie trays or to give as gifts.
English Toffee Bars - a rich buttery shortbread base topped with chocolate and toffee bits.
How to store Christmas Crack Candy
This Saltine Toffee Cracker Candy usually lasts about a week or so if kept in an airtight container on the counter. However, You can freeze it for 2-3 months.
To Freeze Saltine Toffee/Christmas Crack, place it in an airtight container, label it, and date it, and place it in the freezer.
Can You Freeze Saltine Toffee?
For those who like to have a little sweet treat at our convenience, you can freeze this Saltine Toffee.
Just place it on a baking tray after it's cooled and broken into pieces. Flash freeze it (freeze it individually) and then place the frozen pieces in an airtight, freezer-safe container.
It may cause the crackers to turn a little soft, but the flavor is still good.
You can freeze it for up to 3 months.
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We updated this recipe with additional instructions, tips, and a video on 10/25/19.
Saltine Toffee (aka Christmas Crack) Recipe
- Jelly roll pan (approximately 11x17 inches)
- parchment paper
- medium pot
- Spatula or cooking spoon
- 4 oz saltine crackers (about 40 crackers or 1 sleeve)
- 1 cup butter
- 1 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 cups chocolate morsels (milk chocolate, dark or semi-sweet chocolate works (a 12 ounce bag will work))
- ¾ cup chopped toasted pecans (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Line cookie sheet with parchment paper or Silpat mat. Place Saltine crackers on the pan and make sure they touch and the parchment extends past the crackers.
- Combine the sugar and butter in a medium saucepan, stir the butter and sugar together, bring to a boil, then cook for 3 minutes without stirring. (A teeny bit longer if at higher elevations.) Let it cook undisturbed, but watch the mixture; it cooks quickly! Pour immediately over Saltine crackers making sure all the crackers are completely covered.
- Bake at 400 degrees F (205 degrees C) for 5 to 6 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate morsels over the top. Let sit for 5 minutes. Spread melted chocolate evenly over caramel. Then, top with roasted chopped nuts. Refrigerate toffee for 2 hours. Once set, break into pieces. Enjoy!
There's no need to put it off. You have to find an excuse to make this Saltine Toffee! (see list above)
You may also like these treats:
Valentine's Day Saltine Toffee
Hi, I was wondering how you think it would turn out subbing pretzels in place of the crackers? And using skor bits for the toffee in place of making it?
Hi Erin, I think subbing pretzels would work fine. I'm not sure about the Skor bits, I'm wondering if they have enough toffee to hold it all together. That said, all those ingredients sound wonderful so you might try it first with a small batch and see how it goes.
I love these, my friend made them for me before and I could not get enough of them. And they look so simple. However we have a nut allergy in our house so I'm wondering if you have any suggestions for a different topping, I'm sure no topping would be just fine but what's the funn in that?
They are really, really good!! You could definitely go without nuts, or you could also top them with sprinkles or other nut-free candy. They would look pretty in Christmas colors! Enjoy!
Brenda Altman-Tarr says
I've made this countless times before, and *somehow*it manages to disappear before I can find out how to store it for a few days. Any idea? I am making 3 recipes of it (subbing grahams for saltines) for an upcoming fundraiser.
Yes, disappearing is a common problem with this recipe 🙂 I haven't found a remedy, so let me know if you do!! I'll have to try it with grahams! Yum! I'm sure it will be the hit of the fundraiser.
This looks downright amazing! Pinning it...and I'm going to try making it during the holidays. Thanks for sharing. 🙂
xoxo, erin | sandsunandmessybuns.com
It is amazing...and addicting!! Definitely make it during the holidays. It's great to bring to a cookie exchange. Then again, you might not want to share 🙂
Hi Erin, homemade fudge and toffee are firm Christmas favourites in this house. This saltine toffee recipe does sound like a potential Christmas favourite. Toffee with a slight saltiness and chocolate, what's not to like?
I like all of this one! Give it a try. I think the salty, sweet chocolate combo is very addicting. I think we'll give it as gifts this year for the holidays!
Looks delicious and love how you have presented them, makes me think they would be a lovely treat to gift someone who needed cheering up 🙂 # WAYWOW
Erin, my mom used to make this for us when we were young. I cannot believe I forgot about it. I will give this the highest recommendation for any readers, it is so delicious. And so addicting. It really won't last long. It is a great addition to a Christmas cookie platter or a nice bite-sized treat after Thanksgiving dinner. You have to try this. I cannot believe I forgot about it. And brings back great memories. Now I gotta call my mom.
I can't believe I didn't know about this recipe until recently!! How nice of your mom to make it for you!! It's so easy, but such an indulgent treat. I'm glad it brought back some good memories for you, Nikki!
I've had a recipe similar before and loved it! Thanks for your printable recipe--making this!
These look amazing and I would eat all of this by myself. LOL, I love this recipe and I would love if you would share this great recipe at a link party I am co-hosting. I hope to see you there. http://diy180site.blogspot.com/2016/09/dishing-it-and-digging-it-link-party-115.html
I actually think I could, maybe, just maybe, pull this one off without destroying the kitchen. It looks and sounds amazing Erin, thank you
i tried to make this before... and i completely burnt the butter. LOL =(
Oh, no!! That would be terrible! It only takes a few minutes to make the butter turn into a caramel yummy treat! This recipe is totally worth it...maybe you should give it a another try!
I just would like to know if I can melt the chocolate chips and
Then spread it on.
Can you tell me how to melt them
Hi Vivian, you could definitely melt the chocolate chips before hand in the microwave or in a double broiler. I find they melt just fine if you add them right after the toffee comes out of the hot oven, but if you want the chocolate pre-melted it would work just as well.
Oh my gosh, as is so often with your food/treat posts my mouth was watering while reading this, Erin! I can see why it's referred to as Christmas Crack! Now, I've got the cravings and I'm stuck at work! Have a great day 🙂
The first time I heard about this recipe I was skeptical...who make a dessert with crackers?? But as soon as I made it, I was hooked! Now it's requested from my friends! Thanks for stopping by, Mike!
Lol! My children call it moms Christmas Crack! Love it because it sticky like toffee or hard! Buttery flavor with salty and sweet! Yum!!
Ha! That's funny! I love it's buttery sweet flavor too! My son just can't get enough! Enjoy your holidays!
Looks great, I remember something similar to this when I was a kid! Salty and sweet, delicious!
I LOVE a salty + sweet treat! This one does the trick and it's hard to stop eating it!
Forget two turntables and a microphone - this is REALLY where it's at 😉 LOVE saltine toffee, and this version looks particularly awesome.
You're too funny! This is where it's at!! This toffee is where it's at!
Linda at Mixed Kreations says
This recipe looks delicious! I love chocolate and toffee, I bet it really is amazing with that little bit of salty flavor. I may try this for Thanksgiving because I work that day so I need quick and easy recipes to take to my mother's. Plus everyone there has a sweet tooth so it will get eaten, and that will save me from eating it all. Lol
This is really AMAZING...and amazingly simple! Give it a try, Linda. I think you'll love how easy it is and you also love everyone giving you compliments 🙂